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Peer Research Consulting

What is Peer Research Consulting ?

The Peer Research Consulting Program offers all SIUE faculty the opportunity to consult with a faculty colleague to improve a specific aspect of their research. Research is broadly defined as including all creative, scholarly, or empirical work (other than that normally associated with instruction and instructional development) that is designed to extend, clarify, or communicate knowledge. The Peer Research Consulting Program is a confidential and voluntary service that is available to faculty who would like consultation from an independent, non-judgmental source about specific aspects of their research.

Peer Consultants are passionate about research and fostering the scholarly activities of their fellow SIUE colleagues. They also have special interest, training, and experience in the consultation process. A Peer Consultant is a sounding board for your concerns and ideas about any aspect of your research and a source of feedback and suggestions for possible changes to your research and grant applications.

We offer help in the following areas:

  • Funding
    • Pursuing external funding for research and creative activities
    • Starting to pursue funding
    • Managing time for research
    • Activities to improve chances of external funding
    • Assessing preliminary data needs
    • Finding funding for interdisciplinary work
    • Managing a project after receiving funding
    • Writing proposals for funding
    • Finding project funding
  • Research agenda development
    • Defining research goals
    • Prioritizing research projects
    • Understanding research pipeline
    • Finding a testable hypothesis
    • Choosing a research topic
    • Understanding the timeline for grant writing
    • Continuing several research projects in various stages of completion
  • Establishing a network of collaborators
    • Finding collaborators outside of your own department or university
    • Assessing important characteristics in a collaborator
    • Developing collaboration relationship
    • Self-promoting your potential as a research collaborator online
    • Understanding benefits of collaboration
  • Research design
    • Experimental design
    • Surveying
    • Evaluating research
    • Conducting digital research and dissemination
    • Implementing community-based research
  • Running a lab or research group
    • Mentoring and recruiting research assistants
    • Selecting research assistants who will meet your needs (Project-related skills, background, interest, goals)
    • Selecting other collaborators (on and off campus, Technicians)
    • Selecting assignments (writing, research procedures)
  • Finding and using research resources
    • Equipment, materials, expertise, software, rooms/space, databases
  • Balancing teaching, research, and service
    • How and when to say "no"
    • Research motivation and burnout
  • Book publications
    • Writing a textbook
    • Editing a book
    • Finding a press for a book
    • Writing a review for a book
  • Journal publications
    • Writing an article
    • Editing a special issue
    • Finding a target journal
    • Writing a reviewer report
    • Handling revisions and rejections
    • Choosing between open access and peer review/traditional journals
    • Becoming a journal editor
  • Conferences
    • Preparing conference presentations
    • Organizing a conference/workshop
    • Organizing a panel
    • Writing an abstract
    • Choosing a conference
    • Publishing proceedings
  • Other

Peer Research Consultants DO:

  • Provide advice on specific aspects of your research.
  • Provide short-term consultation (1-2 consultations per request).
  • Provide referrals to other resources and how to identify collaborators, funding opportunities, publication opportunities, or presentation venues.
  • Document use of services.

Peer Research Consultants DO NOT:

  • Work as a research collaborator.
  • Identify specific collaborators, funding opportunities, publication opportunities, or presentation venues.
  • Provide technical editing or other writing services.
  • Share names or feedback with others.
  • Provide documentation of the consultation content.
  • Write letters of recommendation for promotion and tenure purposes or performance evaluations.

How Do I Request a Peer Research Consultation?

A peer research consultation is driven by the needs and interests of the faculty member who requests the consultation. As such, each consultation is tailored to meet the specific questions a faculty member would like to have addressed. If you’d like to request Peer Research Consulting services, simply complete a Peer Research Consultation Request Form. After your request has been received, a Peer Consultant will contact you to discuss your request.

Where Can I Find Other Research Resources?

Other research resources can be found at Resources For Research.

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